A very common question that we hear asked is: What’s the difference between Kava and Kratom? For those who have never researched either plant, it’s understandable that the two can be confused for one another. However, upon further research, it’s evident that both Kava and Kratom have significant differences. We’ll start by identifying the similarities between them, and then we’ll break down what makes each plant unique. It’s incredibly important to be informed when purchasing these types of products, and we’re here to help with that!
Kava, also known as Piper Methysticum, is a plant that grows in the Pacific Islands (think Polynesia, Hawaii, & Vanuatu). It’s said to have originated in New Guinea, and eventually made its way to Hawaii. It thrives in a climate that produces a LOT of rainfall regularly. Fun fact: Kava is unable to grow in New Zealand, as it’s just way too cold for the plant to thrive!
The part of Kava that is actually harvested for tea & powder is the root of the plant! The roots are typically harvested after 4-5 years (4 is minimum, 5 is ideal). These roots are then traditionally ground up, and combined with water. Many Kava bars worldwide serve it in this drink-form. It’s appearance (and taste) is muddy! Not everyone loves the earthy flavor, but it’s less about the taste, more about the benefits that come with consumption. Kava extract is an alternative to the tea — Just a couple of drops in water will do the trick!
There are plenty of great resources and scientific studies available to further our understanding of both plants, and so we encourage you to invest time to get all of your questions answered before moving ahead with any purchases. We take health & safety seriously, and so should you!
If and when you’ve decided to purchase Kratom, be sure to browse our collection of top quality, lab tested products. While we do not currently offer Kava powder or Kava extract, we have a wide variety of Kratom powders & extracts for you to explore.
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